Famous basketball announcer Dick Vitale, who is battling cancer, emotional upon return

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Last month, Vitale announced he had lymphoma and would undergo six months of chemotherapy.

And on Tuesday night, an emotional Vitale returned to the commentary booth for ESPN’s coverage of the college basketball game between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA.
“I didn’t want to cry,” the 82-year-old said Through tears before the start of the game.
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“I can’t believe I’m sitting here. It’s really a big adventure for me.”

In August, Vitale announced that she had undergone several surgeries to get rid of the melanoma. He wrote in October that doctors believe the lymphoma diagnosis is unrelated.


In an essay on ESPN, Vitale wrote that experts tell him he has a cure rate of 90% for his type of lymphoma.

“They say I can continue working so I have to manage my work schedule around my chemo schedule as they will be monitoring my test results along the way,” he wrote.

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Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is an important part of the immune system. The lymphatic system consists of ducts or ducts throughout the body that contain filters called lymph nodes along the tract. The system consists of a clear fluid with immune-fighting cells such as lymphocytes.

“Dick Vitale is an unparalleled treasure as a broadcaster and as a human being,” ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said on the announcement of Vitale’s cancer diagnosis. “His love for family and relentless passion for helping those in need, especially children, is what really defines his greatness. He is dear to his ESPN family and has our full support.”

Vitale is welcomed in front of the court to call the game between Gonzaga and UCLA.

Vitale has been with ESPN since the network’s launch in September 1979. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. ESPN says he has been a color analyst for more than 1,000 games.

During the game, Vitale was Brilliant A Gonzaga jersey with “Dickie V” on it and a UCLA jersey with “Never Give Up.”
“Can’t believe all of you in any fight!'” Vitale tweeted before the start of the game.


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